DeWalt DWD220 Review

DeWalt DWD220

DeWalt DWD220 DeWalt
DWD220

1/2" VSR Pistol Grip
Power Drill
1/2" Keyed Chuck
Price Level: $$
Power

10.5

Amps
Speed

1200

Max RPM
Weight

4.9

Pounds
Capacity

1.5

In. Wood Bit
Warranty

3

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The DWD220 is 46% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 3.3 amps more electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.
SPEED This DeWalt drill is 11% faster than average and ranks in the top 40% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 110 RPM more than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.
WEIGHT It is 7% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of power drills for higher weight. It weighs 0.3 lbs more than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and may increase operator fatigue.  
CAPACITY This power drill has a higher than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the top class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is larger than the average 1-1/4" hole capacity for corded drills.
WARRANTY DeWalt's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


DeWalt DWD220 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 10.5 amps - The DWD220 is 46% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 3.3 amps more electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.
Capacity
Wood
1.5" Hole - This power drill has a higher than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the top class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is larger than the average 1-1/4" hole capacity for corded drills.
Speed 0-1200 RPM - This DeWalt drill is 11% faster than average and ranks in the top 40% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 110 RPM more than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.
Capacity
Steel
0.5" Hole - This power drill has a higher than average bit capacity for steel and ranks in the top 40% of corded drills. It can drill a hole in steel that is 1/8" larger than the average 3/8" hole capacity for corded drills.
Power
Ratio
2.1 P/W - The DeWalt DWD220 has an 32% higher than average power-to-weight ratio and ranks in the top 20% of efficiently designed power drills. The P/W ratio is 0.5 higher than the 1.6 average ratio for corded drills.
Gear
Reduction
Double - Gear systems with double reduction generally provide more torque for a given amperage. They operate more efficiently at lower speeds than single gear systems, which extends the life of the drill.


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Housing
All-Metal - The DeWalt DWD220 is manufactured with an all-metal gear housing that protects the transmission and prevents the drill from cracking when dropped onto hard surfaces such as concrete.
Gears Non-Metal Parts - Some of the transmission components are made of non-metal materials that are more susceptible to failure. Gears spin at high RPMs and experience large rotational forces.  
Warranty 3-Year - DeWalt's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 4.9 lbs - It is 7% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of power drills for higher weight. It weighs 0.3 lbs more than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and may increase operator fatigue.  
Length Cordless drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
No Spindle Lock - This power drill has a keyed chuck with superior gripping ability. Spindle lock is only applicable to keyless chucks and allows the operator to change drill bits with just one hand.  
Belt
Hook
No Belt Hook - There is no provision to hang the drill on your belt and free-up both hands to perform other tasks. You may be able to purchase a separate belt clip that can be attached to the drill.  
Side
Handle
Side Handle Included - Higher torque levels can cause injury if a bit suddenly binds or the drill slips. A side handle is essential to handle more powerful drills and provides additional stability and control.
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


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